Do you wish to do more canning? Here are 7 helpful canning tips for every season.
Canning is a great way to reserve healthy homemade or homegrown foods for your family to enjoy year round. Canning can save you money and prepare your family for hard times or emergencies. While canning was once a dying art it is regaining popularly as the population takes a stand to give our families the best possible food.
7 Canning Tips for Every Season
How do I know if I need to water or pressure can? When it comes to canning this is one of the most confusing things people have to deal with. The answer is easier than you think. High acid foods like Strawberry jam can be water bath cooked. Low acid foods like vegetables and meats need to be pressure canned.
Pick quality lids for canning. While you can scrimp on the glass jars the lids are another story. Get the best lids you can. Ball sells the lids on their own fairly inexpensively. It is easy to swap the quality ball lids with the cheap lids that are prone to rust and seal breaking that come with some of the inexpensive glass jars. Or pick up the canning jars at thrift stores and garage sales and then buy lids to use with them.
Do not add butter or fat to your canning recipes. Butter and fat spoil easier than other foods which will make them not last as long after being canned. Do not can foods that contain thickeners like flour and cornstarch as they limit heat distribution that gets rid of harmful bacteria.
Pick the best produce. When you can foods the quality does not go up so canning low quality produce with make the end product lower quality. Use fresh, ripe, high quality, and well cleaned fruits and vegetables.
Store filled cans upright and do not stack. Do not store your home canned foods with the rings on. By removing the rings and not stacking your jar will allow them to noticeably pop if they spoil, breaking the seal. This makes it easier to tell when the food has gone bad and will help protect your family.
To keep bubbles from forming in your homemade jams and jellies make sure you are pouring it nice and hot so it does not have time to settle before pouring and trap bubbles. For air bubbles in your home canned foods along the edges just run a knife through to give the air a way to escape and the vacuum created will shift everything and remove the bubble for longer, fresher storage.
Have the right tools. Every home canner should have a rack to keep cans from touching the bottom of the pot, a lid puller to keep from burning your hands, and a jar lifter to pull hot jars out. These tools make the job easier and safer for you as you preserve your harvest. Here is a complete Water Bath Canner Kit.
Want more great canning tips and a planner to help you build your stock of home preserved foods for your family? You will love the Canning and Food Preservation Planner by Lisa Barthuly of MollyGreen.com. This planner will help you build a great pantry of home preserved foods all year for health and verity.